Possible Sandbox

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I Myself didnt believe in the "sandbox effect" but i recently brought a new domain for my old site and placed a 301 redirect on the old site everything was gooing well getting almost treble the amount of unique visits each day it was rising, i even had a rise in the serps, but then today i checked and no where to be seen :shock:

I dont want to say ive been sandboxed but is there anything else that could of caused this?

the site in question is http://www.just-4-teens.com - old site is teens.iconrate.net

google has indexed over 100+ pages so the redirect must of been working ok
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Sounds like Sandbox to me. Check this tool out it may help you determine this http://www.socengine.com/seo/tools/sandbox-tool.html
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yeh i checked that tool already and gave me a score of about 50
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i just noticed that google is still showing results from my old domain that has the 301 redirect on it, i am still recieving all my traffic but i think that is because they are still coming from my old domain.

what can i do to try and sort this? Ive heard a high ranked site helps (Say pr7)?
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I had that problem and removed the redirect and made a static link being careful not to include any keywords. Basically, just "visit us at our new location". Within a week, the old site dropped off the serps and in essense I added a backlink.
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i was thinking of doing that didnt know if i should or not.

i suppose it will not hurt se bot wise since google, yahoo & msn have all indexed the new url.

thanks ANTO
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The SEO guys here might give you better advice or confirmation. I did it because it seemed the logical thing to do, and it appears to have worked.
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does this look alright? http://teens.iconrate.net/ i have also got the same page as the 404 error page.
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Looks good to me. Almost exactly what I did:
http://www.imagesculptor.com/pool/
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great minds think alike i guess :P

anyways ill keep it like that 4 now and see what the others think.

thanks 4 the help :D
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I suppose I could also suggest to check your backlinks for the old location. If you have any control over them, try to get as many of them pointed to the new location as possible vs the old location.
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yeh ive already been doing that .

i think the main reason i got sandboxxed (in my eyes) is the fact i had over 400 pages in google and the 301 would redirect all them pages to the new domain so in googles eyes thats 400 Backlinks for the new domain which would cause the sandbox.

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